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In the heart of Benue State, Nigeria, a picturesque landscape hides a growing conflict that threatens the community’s very essence. This farmers-herders crisis, fueled by environmental shifts, socio-economic strains, and deep-rooted historical tensions, has become a pressing issue.

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“Behind the Valley”, a gripping documentary produced by I2E MEDIA and supported by the KWANDE/USHONGO FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY office—explores this crisis through vivid storytelling and compelling visuals. The film aims to peel back the layers of complexity surrounding this multifaceted conflict.

Climate Change: A Catalyst for Conflict

At the core of the crisis lies climate change. Known as the “Food Basket of the Nation,” Benue State has faced significant environmental shifts in recent decades. Irregular rainfall, extended droughts, and severe weather events have drastically reduced agricultural productivity. These changes have pushed farmers to abandon traditional crops, while herders, searching for greener pastures, often encroach on farmlands.

This scramble for resources has heightened tensions between farmers and herders, resulting in violent clashes, loss of life, and mass displacement. “Behind the Valley” brings these untold stories to light, emphasizing the human cost of climate change and the urgent need for sustainable solutions.

Socio-Economic Pressures

Beyond environmental challenges, socio-economic factors worsen the crisis. Economic inequality, land disputes, and poor governance have created a volatile environment. The documentary includes interviews with local farmers, herders, government officials, and experts, offering a comprehensive view of the crisis.

Historical Tensions

The conflict’s roots extend into historical land use practices and cultural differences. “Behind the Valley” delves into these tensions, providing insights into how past policies have shaped the current landscape.

Stay Tuned for the Full Documentary Release

The release of “Behind the Valley” is highly anticipated. This documentary promises to shed light on the complexities of the farmers-herders crisis in Benue State. It calls for collective action to address the root causes and promote peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders.

Narrated by Dooshima Dabo-Oyewole, the documentary is infused with a personal and powerful touch. Her narration guides the audience through the intricate details of the crisis, making the stories resonate deeply.

Why You Should Watch and Share

Understanding the farmers-herders crisis in Benue State is crucial:

– Awareness: Many remain unaware of the crisis’s scale and impact. The documentary educates and informs a wider audience.
– Empathy: By showcasing the human stories behind the conflict, “Behind the Valley” fosters empathy and understanding, vital for conflict resolution.
– Action: The film calls for urgent action from governments, NGOs, and the international community to address the crisis’s root causes.
– Sustainability: Highlighting the link between climate change and the crisis underscores the need for sustainable environmental practices.

“Behind the Valley” is more than just a documentary; it’s a call to action. It urges viewers to look beyond the surface, grasp deeper issues, and work toward lasting solutions. By watching and sharing this documentary, you join a broader conversation about climate change, conflict, and Benue State’s future.

Stay tuned for release dates and screenings. Together, let’s make a difference.

By RemmyTex

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